The oil and gas industry’s influence throughout the 2016 election and on the Trump Administration’s energy and environmental policy is staggering. A new report by Clean Water Action explores how the industry uses its vast wealth and political resources to distort our democracy to consistently get what it wants, at the expense of public health and the environment.
Recent updates to safety levels for Minnesota water contaminated with perfluorochemicals (PFCs ) has triggered new state actions to provide safe drinking water. These actions include the provision of bottled water or filtered water to private well owners and updating public water filtration systems at an estimated cost of $4 to $15 million dollars. Despite an existing legal agreement with Minnesota to pay for the cost of providing safe drinking water, 3M is denying financial responsibility for these new costs.
“It is unconscionable and absolutely absurd for Scott Pruitt to try to make it easier for coal plants to dump deadly toxics and other harmful chemicals directly into our rivers and lakes, including those used for drinking water, fishing, and swimming,”
Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12, 2017.
New Report: Enhanced oil recovery threatens drinking water.
Regulators lack the resources and data to oversee an estimated 60% of U.S. oil production.
Washington, D.C. - According to a study released today by Clean Water Action, federal and state agencies tasked with monitoring the oil industry do not have the data, resources and regulations needed to adequately protect water from risks associated with enhanced oil recovery (EOR) practices, which account for an estimated 60% of crude oil production.
"This will force drinking water utilities and their consumers to continue to foot the bill for removing this pollution from drinking water supplies."
"Republicans in Congress and Scott Pruitt know how unpopular – not to mention legally and scientifically indefensible, it is to gut protections for clean water. So they are trying to change the rules to cut the public out of the process so the Trump administration can weaken protections for drinking water, rivers, streams and wetlands."
"Today’s vote by the Senate, to proceed to debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act, adds insult to injury by setting up a scenario where 20 to 32 million Americans may be stripped of their healthcare at the same time as environment health safeguards are being rolled back."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Sacramento, CA, July 18, 2017) — Today the State Water Resources Control Board voted to create a new legal limit, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), on 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP), a man-made, carcinogenic drinking water contaminant found across the state. The standard was set at the legal detection limit, the lowest level at which TCP can be detected in drinking water based on current technology, which is five parts per trillion (ppt).